treprostinil inhalation (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using treprostinil inhalation (Tyvaso, Tyvaso Refill Kit, Tyvaso Starter Kit)?
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
FDA pregnancy category B. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using treprostinil inhalation. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether treprostinil passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is treprostinil inhalation given (Tyvaso, Tyvaso Refill Kit, Tyvaso Starter Kit)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Treprostinil inhalation should be used only with a Tyvaso inhalation system. The inhalation system comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Do not use the medication at home if you do not fully understand how to use the inhalation system and properly clean it daily. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
The inhalation form of treprostinil is usually given 4 times per day at evenly spaced intervals during waking hours. Each time you use the medication, you will inhale up to 9 breaths of the medication. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication. Most people start treatment with 1 to 3 breaths per treatment session, slowly increasing the number to 9 breaths per session.
Do not use more than 9 breaths per treatment session.
Wash your hands before preparing your treprostinil doses in the inhalation system.
One ampule of treprostinil inhalation contains enough medicine for all 4 of a day's doses.
Before your first dose of each day, twist off the top of one ampule and squeeze out the entire contents into the medicine cup of the inhalation system. At the end of the day after the last dose has been given, empty and rinse out the medicine cup, even if there is still unused treprostinil left in it.
To keep the medicine in the cup from spilling, store the inhalation system upright and tightly capped with the plugs when not in use.
The effects of treprostinil inhalation will lessen over time between doses. Talk with your doctor if you need to time your dosing around any planned activities.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
It is important to use treprostinil regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Make sure you have a backup inhalation system available so as not to interrupt your treatment if one system stops working.
Store treprostinil ampules in their foil pouch at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Once you have opened a foil pouch, the ampules in it should be used within 7 days.
Any treprostinil placed into the medicine cup of the inhalation system must be used within 24 hours. Throw away any unused medicine at the end of the day after your last dose.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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